Fuse #8

Saturday, May 05, 2007

And Since It's Free Comic Book Day

I'm always sobbing and crying over the dearth of quality children's graphic novels out there in the American stratosphere. Not to say there aren't some nice ones. I'd just like to see a whole heckuva lot more. Now for a while I was confused and thought that the GN series Flight was intended for kids. This turned out not to be the case, but it has led to a spinoff for the entlings called Flight Explorer.
Kazu Kibuishi: I had been hearing a lot of librarians and booksellers talk about how much they wanted good comics for younger readers, and I saw how there was so little of it out there with the exception of Jeff Smith’s Bone. Flight always contained a high percentage of material that would be perfect for young readers, but the more mature content often steered parents and librarians away from sharing the books with kids…
Random House's Ballantine Books will be putting this out in the Spring of 2008. Thanks to the Flight blog for the link.

In other comicy news there's now a graphic novel version of Redwall out there. I guess this was a natural progression. First The Warriors. Then Redwall. Then, I suppose, someone'll do Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. That'll be followed up by Poppy which, in turn, will lead to Despereaux. And so on and so forth.

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